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Academic Sponge Activities

A "sponge activity" is a lesson soaking up precious time that would otherwise be lost. Hint: it should be fun as well as educational.

Five-Minute Film Festival: 10 Sources for Free Lesson Plans

Exploring free lesson planning resources can be overwhelming. Some are extremely useful, and others not so much. Here, VideoAmy shares a list of 10 of her favorite lesson planning tools available, as well as a playlist of videos to help teachers utilize them.

A Lesson About Cesar Chavez and Civil Rights

Check out this engaging lesson on Cesar Chavez that uses primary sources and discussion to inspire critical thinking and empathy.

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Back to School: Goal Setting With Your Students

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Need Help with Math Lesson Plan

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Advanced Level Projects with Scratch: Fun with Fractals

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Kindness: A Lesson Plan

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Back to School: Goal Setting With Your Students

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Love Lessons

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5 Tips for Helping a Student Find the Right Book

Research shows that children want assistance with finding a reading book. While your students search the stacks, here's some helpful tips for teachers.

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The Science of Fear

The amygdala is your brain's 911 operator, triggering a hardwired reaction to danger. Fear is fun to learn about, but fear itself can hinder learning!

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Using Multimedia Technology for Teaching Social and Life Skills

Many educators strive to help children believe they are born to greatness and build the skills needed to live that belief. Learn about a new multimedia app aimed at helping with this goal.

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"Can't I Just Choose My Own Topic?"

By inviting her class to choose their own subjects for a historical reformers project, Sarah Cooper learned a lot about her students' interests and passions.

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On-the-Spot Scaffolding for Students

On-the-spot scaffolding is an essential skill for teachers. Check out these three strategies for assisting students when they struggle.

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A Lesson About Cesar Chavez and Civil Rights

Check out this engaging lesson on Cesar Chavez that uses primary sources and discussion to inspire critical thinking and empathy.

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Teaching the '60s and the Art of the Film

Your input is requested to help program an American Studies course for spring 2015 that will teach political and cultural history through the filmmaker's lens.

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Good-to-Go Projects for 2014

Edutopia blogger Suzie Boss proposes teachers start with a ready-made plan they can adapt to fit within the context of their classroom.

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A group of students are sitting close together in chairs, smiling and goofing around. Two are flexing their arms, looking at the camera.
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Use Humor to Teach Your Students About Careful Communication

Students analyze newspaper headline bloopers in this classroom activity and gain a greater understanding for clear communication.

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The Science of Fear

The amygdala is your brain's 911 operator, triggering a hardwired reaction to danger. Fear is fun to learn about, but fear itself can hinder learning!

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A photo of a middle school boy doing a writing assignment.
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Can Stress Help Students?

Stress might not always be the enemy. Research shows that positive stress can strengthen the immune system, enhance memory and learning, and improve decision-making skills.

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A person is holding a smartphone with Pokemon Go showing on their screen. They're taking a picture of someone bent over, holding a coffee cup, and touching a purple rat Pokemon.
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Pokémon Go... and Global Success Skills?

Harness the immersive game Pokémon Go to engage your students in the skills required for collaboration, inquiry, written communication, and building culture.

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Financial Literacy in High School: Necessary and Relevant

In the third installment of this series, guest blogger Brian Page shares three principles he applies when teaching financial literacy to high school students, and presents additional lesson plans and resources.

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A group of about 20 young children are sitting and laying down on bean bags in a library. They're listening to a teacher standing in from of them and talking to them.
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Talking About Text Structure in the PBL Classroom

Enhance PBL by teaching students how to identify text structure how to and use it within their project-based reading and writing.

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